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  From the October 2015 Issue of Prestwood eMag
 
Tech Wired Networking:
Cat 5, 5e, 6, and 6a Connectors
 
Posted 10 years ago on 6/1/2009
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Question:

Do I need different connectors for Cat 6 then what I'm currently using for Cat 5?


Answer:

No, Cat 5, 5e, 6, and 6a all use the same RJ-45 connectors and are downward compatible. Meaning you can use a Cat 6 cable in a Cat 5 network. The difference is in the quality of the cable. Cat 5e is rated higher than Cat 5, Cat 6 is rated higher than Cat 5e, etc.

However, when building a Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable, you have to use the correct type of connector. Meaning, Cat 6 connectors are built differently even though you can use already made cables.


Here are the actual ratings:

Cable Frequency Rating Speed Range
Cat 5 100 Mhz 100 Mbps
Cat 5e 100 Mhz 100 to 1,000 Mbps
Cat 6 250 Mhz 1 to 10 Gigabit
Cat 6a 500 Mhz 10 to x Gigabit
Cat 7 600 Mhz 10 to 100 Gigabit


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